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Caddie Woodlawn's Family by Carol Ryrie Brink
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335185

Originally titled Magical Melons (the first story in the book), this follows Caddie and her family from 1863 to 1866, overlapping the book "Caddie Woodlawn". According to the note at the beginning of the book, all of the stories but one come from the author's grandmother's life.

2016 states read: 50 + DC
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DC • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WI • WY

Thanks for the challenge: this always keeps me on my toes. :)

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States Challenge Posting
Welcome to the end of 2016 for this challenge. Continue if you started - If you've just stumbled in here and haven't started - welcome! It will continue into 2017. This is a multi-year rolling challenge - start when you like, set your own limit (12 months, 18 months 24 months).

Here are the rules:
Read a book from every state in the USA (bonus: optional is the District of Columbia). The book's setting should be primarily in that state, but doesn't have to 100% stay in the state. Any kind of book is fine - library, e-book, audiobook or BC book. One state per book please. (a list of states at the bottom of this post)

Instead of a long list, post what # state you're up to AFTER you read the book, the book title, BCID if applicable and a little about it.

??'s - post below or PM me.
Some great books can be found by searching on a keyword at the library & looking at the juvenile section. Search previous years in Book Talk forum (keyword “states” or the state you're looking for)
If you do LibraryThing, some folks have added Common Knowledge places to books. Just add "CK: Important Places" to one of your lists of books to see if someone entered a place that you need.

Here is a link to some book suggestions for the 50 states:
http://wrappedinfoil.com/ (Kids books)
http://www.businessinsider.com/most-famous-book-set-in-every-state-map-2013-10
http://www.epicreads.com/---/the-united-states-of-ya/
http://www.bkmag.com/---/the-literary-united-states-a-map-of-the-best-book-for-every-state/

2016 BC links
Jan –Mar 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/526659
Apr – June 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/529335
July – Sept 2016 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/531536

2015 BC links
Jan – Mar 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/515029
Apr – June 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/518295
July – Sept 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/520454
Oct – Dec 2015 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/523521


Here are the states:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
District of Columbia (optional)
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Personally, I will be starting over in October and trying to stay away from claiming the romances in favor of more ABC TBRs - there's a Mississippi and Washington DC in older ABC TBRs that might work.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14167897

The Enemy - Lee Child

Classic Reacher, set in 1990 and gave a bit more backstory on the character as he investigates military corruption. This story was mainly set in North Carolina but does move around a lot and a significant event (and several chapters) were set in South Carolina. I don't know why I've found lots of NC books and hardly any SC? My sister in law is a South Carolina girl so I'll need to ask her!

(another Reacher - and today I was chuffed to bits to find one set in Georgia in a charity shop - I've started and abandoned several Georgia books, so looking forward to this)

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14167897

The Enemy - Lee Child

Classic Reacher, set in 1990 and gave a bit more backstory on the character as he investigates military corruption. This story was mainly set in North Carolina but does move around a lot and a significant event (and several chapters) were set in South Carolina. I don't know why I've found lots of NC books and hardly any SC? My sister in law is a South Carolina girl so I'll need to ask her!

(another Reacher - and today I was chuffed to bits to find one set in Georgia in a charity shop - I've started and abandoned several Georgia books, so looking forward to this)



I don't know why some states to have a hold on the book settings and others....barely. Typically South Carolina books focus on the "low country" aka the coast, but there's lots more to SC than that!
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#33 Nebraska

O Pioneer! by Willa Cather

I will register this on BC... when I find the copy! Finished it yesterday and I think its been tidied away somewhere... bought this online as I noticed others had read this for Nebraska and I was struggling to find anything. Glad I did as it was a wonderfully well written book which really painted a picture of turn-of-the-century European immigrant life on the prairies (I think Nebraska has prairies? They talked a lot about 'the Divide' - I need to look it up and see some pictures). I'd read another Willa Cather - My Antonia? - but didn't really pick up on the location.
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looked it up and it looks beautiful, and not that dissimilar to the part of Scotland where I live, which is mainly farming. A much, much, much bigger scale though! Realised part of the reason for my confusion was that I'd mixed up Nebraska and Nevada, I see now that Nebraska is in the mid-west...
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O Pioneer! by Willa Cather

I will register this on BC... when I find the copy! Finished it yesterday and I think its been tidied away somewhere... bought this online as I noticed others had read this for Nebraska and I was struggling to find anything. Glad I did as it was a wonderfully well written book which really painted a picture of turn-of-the-century European immigrant life on the prairies (I think Nebraska has prairies? They talked a lot about 'the Divide' - I need to look it up and see some pictures). I'd read another Willa Cather - My Antonia? - but didn't really pick up on the location.


The "Divide" is likely the continental divide aka The Rocky Mountains, which were quite an endurance for the settlers to cross over.

If you do another round of the states, consider The Children's Blizzard, which is set in Nebraska. Heartbreaking true story, about how weather can catch you unawares, as it did when weather forecasting was in it's infancy.
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#34 Tennessee

really determined with this challenge now! I'm going back to Reacher next and then I'll maybe try a more challenging read, I've got one on Mt TBR for North Dakota and another for Minnesota. I should try to read something which isn't cheap crime fiction I suppose...

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14126071
Beg to Die, by Beverly Barton

Another one I picked up purely because of the setting for the States Challenge... I didn't think I was going to enjoy it but once I suspended disbelief, I rather did. It's a murder mystery with Southern belles and psychics and mysterious long-lost family members - teetering just on the right side of the ridiculous. I probably would read the author again as I'm hoping to do the challenge again and she has at least one other book set in Tennessee. Having visited the state after my brother's wedding last year, I could identify some of the places, which is a nice novelty for me in this challenge - I've visited very little of the US so most of it is my imagination!
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Glad the book lent some actually setting facts to it. Sometimes the setting is mentioned, but you don't get a good sense of the area.
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Digging to America by Anne Tyler http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7559339

Two Baltimore families adopt a Korean infant and they meet each other at the airport. The American family is intrigued by the foreignness of the Iranian family, who just wants to be "American". Some of the chapters were well written and engrossing, others just seemed trite and contrived, as the book told the story over the years from different family members' perspectives.

The setting of Baltimore, Maryland was incidental to the story. It really could have been set anywhere.
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I read that a few years ago - similarly mixed feelings on it.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14047728

The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdich

a beautifully written book which interlinks two stories - a mother-daughter antiques business in New England, and the indigenous community that their grandmother came from in North Dakota. A mysterious painted drum links the two. Not my usual reading but glad I picked it up!

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The memory of running, Ron McLarty

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14242717

Picked this up as I saw someone else had read it for Rhode Island - I vaguely thought 'oh, I'll buy that on amazon if I still need a book for that state' and then lo and behold, there it was in the charity shop. A great pick - most of it is set in Rhode Island but the bits when he's cycling go right across the States and give you a real sense of the country. I'm still not 100% sure where Rhode Island is and I don't think I knew it was a state until now - it's north of New York, is it? Near New Hampshire?


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The memory of running, Ron McLarty

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14242717

Picked this up as I saw someone else had read it for Rhode Island - I vaguely thought 'oh, I'll buy that on amazon if I still need a book for that state' and then lo and behold, there it was in the charity shop. A great pick - most of it is set in Rhode Island but the bits when he's cycling go right across the States and give you a real sense of the country. I'm still not 100% sure where Rhode Island is and I don't think I knew it was a state until now - it's north of New York, is it? Near New Hampshire?


I have this book and just adding it as a possibility for Rhode Island.

The state is tiny on the Atlantic Coast, east of New York and New Hampshire. I haven't visited much in that state, something to remedy eventually.
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#37 Minnesota

Snow Blind by P J Tracey

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14167899

A great read and a good pick for Minnesota, particularly as it moved between MInneapolis and a rural county of the state. I knew nothing about this state (tbh when I picked up the book I thought Minneapolis *was* a state) and it was a scary and insightful read.

One question for US readers (given that much of my knowledge of US law enforcement - OK, all of my knowledge of US law enforcement - has been gleaned through TV shows) - the Sheriff is an elected post, and are they then like the chief of police for that area? In Scotland a Sheriff is a type of judge (in one of the lower law courts) and is appointed. I'm thinking of the TV shows I'm familiar with and can only think of the Sheriff in Dukes of Hazzard, which may not have been an entirely accurate depiction of US law enforcement... in the book there is a newly elected Sheriff of a rural county who was a former teacher and worked in the dispatch team - that's answering calls to emergencies? Do you not have to be an experience police officer to stand for the role? It seemed quite strange!
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Where I live, in rural Michigan, we more or less have 3 levels of police officers. Three big towns, Jackson, Lansing and Battle Creek are equally about 30 miles from me.

The police, which is usually an officer who works mainly in a town, and maybe a few outlying areas.

The County Police, (which would be your Sheriff or Deputy) and he patrols the whole county where he is working. In my case, I live in Calhoun County, and he would take care of problems there. Usually where the local police wouldn't be, because it isn't in town. There would be other Sheriffs that worked in Eaton County, Jackson County, etc.

Then you have the State Police, and they can go just about anywhere, you will frequently see them on state highways stopping people for speeding.

Of course, any of these officers can and do help each other, and they all have the authority to stop, question and arrest you if need be. I would say State police would probably handle the worst crimes, as they have better facilities to check things out.

And please....NEVER judge them by that idiot on Dukes of Hazzard! I have read all the P.J. Tracey books and enjoyed them. Wish they would come out with another.
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RE: RE:Police

thanks!
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I suspect this varies widely in different parts of the US.

In Hawaii, as far as I know we don't have any elected law enforcement: our police chief is appointed.

We don't have state police. Sheriffs are a part of the state Division of Public Safetys, and the DPS covers all the islands. I believe they have jurisdiction at some airports, in the courts, and on the water as well (working with the Deptartment of Transportation).
http://dps.hawaii.gov/---/sheriff-division/

Police on the other hand, are by county, and again not elected.
Honolulu PD: http://www.honolulupd.org/---/index.php
Hawaii PD: http://www.hawaiipolice.com
Maui PD: http://co.maui.hi.us/---/Police-Department
Kauai PD: http://www.kauai.gov/Police

Some counties cover more than one island (Maui County is made up of 3 islands). On the other hand, the city of Honolulu does not cover the whole island of Oahu, but the county does...so the whole island is part of the "city and county".

I think the police have more general day-to-day law enforcement duties and the sheriffs generally have more specific jobs...but unlike what I sometimes encounter in fiction, we don't have any geographic lines where county responsibilities stop and the state takes over, or vice versa. (My brother lives in Arizona, and he told me there's one street where one side is covered by the local police and the other side falls under the reservation police - which might make it federal, I'm not sure.)

Challenge-related: I do have a few books read that I need to post at some point...but I probably won't make all 50/51 this year.
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The Choice by Nicholas Sparks http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6482812
Get the tissues ready - it's a typical light tear-jerker book. It throws back to when Travis meets and courts Gabby, then fast-forward to where she's in a coma and he has to make a decision on whether to discontinue her feeding tube.

On the plus side, it does a good job of describing life on the barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, an area that I wasn't very familiar with.
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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5564545
First book that I've read by this author. Like the North Carolina book, this one is set on the coast of the state, although it's more humid, marshy and swampy on the South Carolina coast.

During an archeological dig, Tempe's team digs up a recent skeleton. And Tempe just happens to be a forensic archeologist and friends with the county coroner, so she pitches in to help out. Then another body turns up, and another....what is going on in that county?


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#38 Georgia

Finally finished one for Georgia having had a couple of false starts - and guess, what, it was another Reacher:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14226710

Lee Child, Killing Floor

Another Reacher - this time set in Georgia. Reacher arrives in a middle-of-nowhere town, only to find himself arrested and put in jail on suspicion of murder. Released and about to be on his way, but a twist keeps him in Margrave on the trail of a major conspiracy. Good but perhaps not quite as gripping as the later ones...?

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#8 - Virginia - Ellen Crosby- Die Cardonnay Scharade - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10470126
A dead man lies in a vineyard - who was the murder? Not very thrilling, but ist was interesting for me, because the family of my husband are farmers in vineyards in Lower Austria at the Lanube.

#9 - Alaska - Velma Wallis - Zwei alte Frauen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14185345
I like this book very much - two old women were desert of their clan, because the winter was to bad, no food could be found for the whole people of the clan.
The two women survived allone and gatherd so much food in next summer, that they could feed the hungry clan

#10 - Ohio - Emilie Richard - Mrs Wilcox und die mörderische Bescherung - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12870648
Nice Christmas story with a brutal murdering at Christmasday. Many people, also some of the family of Mrs. Wilcox were suspected to be the murder

#11 - Colorado - Iris Johannson - Der Geruch der Angst - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8442779
a fine crimialstory - very different to others, because a journalist had to be protected by a bodycard, thrilling with a tiny lovestory
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#10 - Ohio - Emilie Richard - Mrs Wilcox und die mörderische Bescherung - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12870648
Nice Christmas story with a brutal murdering at Christmasday. Many people, also some of the family of Mrs. Wilcox were suspected to be the murder


Interesting. I've only read 2 of this author's books, and they were squarely Women's fiction relationship stories. No murder that I recall.


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Midnight Cactus Bella Pollen xxx13965475

I initially posted this in the July - Sept thread in error
A state I visited at the turn of the century as part of a sister city programme (Tempe) and we travelled to Norgales which gets a mention. This is a story of people crossing into the USA and the experiences of a woman who settles in a deserted town and her relationship with a man assisting the desperate border crossers. Quite topical as we listen to Trump raising the issue.

States completed: Alabama, Arizona, California , Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii , Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts , Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania , Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin,
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Midnight Cactus Bella Pollen xxx13965475

.....A state I visited at the turn of the century as part of a sister city programme (Tempe) and we travelled to Norgales which gets a mention.


Hopefully you visited Arizona during a moderate temperature time. It gets quite hot in the summer.
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The Delaware Detectives by Dana Rongione. A YA book on the Kindle, only 151 pages. Jamie and Abby are spending the summer in Delaware at their Grandfather's house. While playing in the attic, they find a clue that starts off a treasure hunt. Of course, they find it, and it really is a treasure! Over $200,000 in cash and a$100,000 in bonds. Kind of a junior Nancy Drew type thing.
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The Delaware Detectives by Dana Rongione. A YA book on the Kindle, only 151 pages. Jamie and Abby are spending the summer in Delaware at their Grandfather's house. While playing in the attic, they find a clue that starts off a treasure hunt. Of course, they find it, and it really is a treasure! Over $200,000 in cash and a$100,000 in bonds. Kind of a junior Nancy Drew type thing.


I'll take that haul off their hands!
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The Delaware Detectives by Dana Rongione. A YA book on the Kindle, only 151 pages. Jamie and Abby are spending the summer in Delaware at their Grandfather's house. While playing in the attic, they find a clue that starts off a treasure hunt. Of course, they find it, and it really is a treasure! Over $200,000 in cash and a$100,000 in bonds. Kind of a junior Nancy Drew type thing.

Hm.. pretty sure I still need a book for Delaware this year.. :)
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Full Black by Brad Thor

I'll get the BC # later when I find the book

Don't think I'll get it finished this challenge this year.
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Full Black by Brad Thor

I'll get the BC # later when I find the book

Don't think I'll get it finished this challenge this year.

But there's always next year :-)
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Santa Fe Rules by Stuart Woods http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5987902
First in the Ed Eagle series and first that I read by this author. Easy to read - it only took me a day!

Wolf reads his obituary in the paper - he and two others were murdered, but since he's very much alive, something's up. So he hires Ed Eagle as an attorney before emerging back into the living.
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Santa Fe Rules by Stuart Woods http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5987902
First in the Ed Eagle series and first that I read by this author. Easy to read - it only took me a day!

Wolf reads his obituary in the paper - he and two others were murdered, but since he's very much alive, something's up. So he hires Ed Eagle as an attorney before emerging back into the living.

That was an interesting one.. :)
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The book of unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

an interesting fiction read about the lives of Hispanic immigrants who all live in the same apartment block in Delware. Focuses on the lives of the Rivera family from Mexico, who have come to the USA seeking a specialist education for their daughter after she suffers a head injury. An appropriate book given the racism that Trump has unleashed in the elections, I think I'll release it on election day in support of all of the unknown Americans.

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The book of unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

an interesting fiction read about the lives of Hispanic immigrants who all live in the same apartment block in Delware. Focuses on the lives of the Rivera family from Mexico, who have come to the USA seeking a specialist education for their daughter after she suffers a head injury. An appropriate book given the racism that Trump has unleashed in the elections, I think I'll release it on election day in support of all of the unknown Americans.



Interesting that the family moved to Delaware and not New York city, which would be more typical.
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The book of unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

an interesting fiction read about the lives of Hispanic immigrants who all live in the same apartment block in Delware. Focuses on the lives of the Rivera family from Mexico, who have come to the USA seeking a specialist education for their daughter after she suffers a head injury. An appropriate book given the racism that Trump has unleashed in the elections, I think I'll release it on election day in support of all of the unknown Americans.

This one sounds like a good choice for Delaware too...and thanks for the support from "across the pond". :)
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Before He Kills by Blake Pierce. I read this on my Kindle. Wasn't too impressed. Typical woman detective trying to show "the guys" that she is just as good or better than they are. A serial killer is kidnapping strippers, hanging them on crosses and whipping them until they die.
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#40 - Indiana

I fancied another Reacher (hey, it must have been at least a fortnight) so picked this off the shelf. It's set in a fictional city which we never find out the name of, but it's somewhere in Indiana (and not Indianapolis). Good simple crime novel with a Russian gang behind a bizarre shooting.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14245747/
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there are Reacher novels in so many different states, that's one way to read across America!
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I have been doing some reading, just haven't posted here to catch up!

Fear University by Meg Collett
e-book

This was freebie for a while: read it for Katethegreyt's July Readathon.

Ollie is unable to feel pain, which has complicated her life. She ends up hiding from her past in Alaska, until she encounters a strange and deadly creature which she learns is called an aswang - a creature out of Filipino mythology.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • OH • PA • TN • VT • VA • WY
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Trouble at the Red Pueblo by Liz Adair
e-book

This is another one I read during the 3rd quarter and didn't post here until now. A mystery set along the border between Utah & Arizona: Spider Latham is a private investigator asked to help a troubled museum.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • OH • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WY
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1632 by Eric Flint
e-book from the Baen Free Library ( http://www.baen.com/---/2012 )

Grantville, West Virginia is a mining town...until something very strange happens and the whole town finds itself deposited somewhere in Germany during the Thirty Years War!

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • OH • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WV • WY
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1632 by Eric Flint
e-book from the Baen Free Library


I saw free and had to look. Thankfully this is sci fi and fantasy, so I won't be hooked on yet another free or almost free source of books!
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e-book from the Baen Free Library


I saw free and had to look. Thankfully this is sci fi and fantasy, so I won't be hooked on yet another free or almost free source of books!

I feel the opposite way about SF&F, but I have my own preferred & avoided genres, so who am I to judge? :)

Anyway, made you look! :p
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Ancient Shores by Jack McDevitt
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14422552

Up near the Canadian border, a North Dakota man finds something very unexpected buried on his farm: a yacht! And, as it turns out, not just any yacht, but one that might be 10,000 years old.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WV • WY
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Blackout by Mira Grant
audio download

Book 3 in the Newsflesh series: this time the team spends a fair bit of time in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Washington.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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Rise by Mira Grant
Not registered

Less-than-novel-length fiction set in the world of Newsflesh: several of the pieces are set in California, but one is in Australia, one in Washington State, one in Oregon, and one split between Canada & Oregon.

...and now I'm caught up, I think.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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#41 Hawaii

Blue Skin of the Sea, by Graham Salisbury

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14277872

A series of stories based around two young cousins growing up in Hawaii in the 1950s and 60s, a time of change in the islands as the tourism industry starts to take off and the traditional ways are threatened. An interesting insight into the islands and well written stories about adolescence.

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Blue Skin of the Sea, by Graham Salisbury

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14277872

A series of stories based around two young cousins growing up in Hawaii in the 1950s and 60s, a time of change in the islands as the tourism industry starts to take off and the traditional ways are threatened. An interesting insight into the islands and well written stories about adolescence.

Salisbury grew up in Hawaii so his books are generally more authentic than many of the one-off set-in-Hawaii books written by bestselling authors. :)
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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
E-book from the library
here's a paper copy: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14360167

Newbery Medal winner: when her father sends Abilene to a small town in Kansas for the summer, she is anxious to learn more about his past. The story jumps back and forth between 1936 and 1918, so both the Depression and WWI come into play.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14153568

Dashing through the snow, Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

Rather twee murder mystery set in a small town in New Hampshire. No one dies and it has a happy ending so appropriate for Xmas!

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14153568

Dashing through the snow, Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

Rather twee murder mystery set in a small town in New Hampshire. No one dies and it has a happy ending so appropriate for Xmas!



She and her daughter have a few of these light holiday books out.
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Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14232598

A look at a nursing home with cats (and other pets)...and how that impacts the residents, staff, and visitors. In particular, Oscar the cat seems to have a special gift.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
SYNC Summer 2016 free audio download ( http://www.audiobooksync.com )
Read by Yareli Arizmendi, Christine Avila, Jesse Corti, Gustavo Res, Ozzie Rodriguez, Gabriel Romero
Paper version here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14364109

The story of two teenagers (Mayor Toro and Maribel Rivera), their families, and their neighbors in an apartment building in Delaware: the characters in this story are from all over Latin America and I think the audio version gave it the right flavor. Some of the Spanish phrases would have been lost on me whether I was reading them in print or listening to them...but it was nice to get the pronunciations.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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.....SYNC Summer 2016 free audio download ( http://www.audiobooksync.com )



Eeekkk...more places to get free books :-)

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.....SYNC Summer 2016 free audio download ( http://www.audiobooksync.com )

Eeekkk...more places to get free books :-)

At least those don't take up (physical) space! :p
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I have read from. I am going to continue over to next year and be more focused. I was focused at the beginning of the year and some how got distracted. I think reading for the 666 challenge was one of the distractions along with the A - Z author challenge. I am planning on streamlining my challenges next year and just focus on reading what I want (except finish the State challenge).
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I think reading for the 666 challenge was one of the distractions along with the A - Z author challenge. I am planning on streamlining my challenges next year and just focus on reading what I want (except finish the State challenge).

I'm fairly sure I can't finish the 666 challenge this year - too much South America I haven't done yet. And the author A-Z is probably a lost cause too - I'm down to only a few letters, but they're STUBBORN. :p

So I'm focusing on trying to finish these 51 in 2016. Maybe. Mostly.
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# 12: Kansas - Grey Kincard - Ein Hund zu Weihnachten - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14186270
There is an action: dogs from the home of animals should spend Christmas in a family - so the children can play some days with the animals, the nurses in the home of animals can go home during Christmas...and after holidys the families can bring back the dogs. A nice story of friendship, reposibility and life in families.

#13: Massachusets - Boston - San Savage - Firmin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11657489 - A rat lives in a cellar of a bookstore and it eats though the literature, observe the bookseller, got a friend outside...it could be better, sometimes boring
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#13: Massachusets - Boston - San Savage - Firmin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11657489 - A rat lives in a cellar of a bookstore and it eats though the literature, observe the bookseller, got a friend outside...it could be better, sometimes boring


The premise is good. Too bad the book wasn't better.
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#13: Massachusets - Boston - San Savage - Firmin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11657489 - A rat lives in a cellar of a bookstore and it eats though the literature, observe the bookseller, got a friend outside...it could be better, sometimes boring

The premise is good. Too bad the book wasn't better.

Cute cover art, though...for a rat. :p
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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
Audio download read by Myra Lucretia Taylor

The story of a teenaged girl who is taken prisoner in Africa, brought to America on a slave ship, and sold in the colony of South Carolina. The horrors she undergoes are both physical and mental/emotional, but she also unexpectedly finds friendship with a white girl who is an indentured servant.

After terrible events take place at the plantation, the two girls, a young boy, and a dog make a break for a place they're not sure is real: a place called Fort Mose (moh-say) in Spanish Florida.

The author did a lot of research on this book, and in a note at the end of the book explains that she is the granddaughter of a slave who was born in 1860 and fathered his youngest child in 1924.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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Underground by Jean Ferris
e-book

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky: 1839. A fictional look at the lives of real-life slaves Charlotte Brown, Stephen Bishop, and others. Stephen and Charlotte's names can still be seen written in places within the cave; although a slave for nearly all his life, Stephen was a famous guide who discovered many important features.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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It's Up to Charlie Hardin by Dean Ing
e-book + http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14325733

Charlie is a boy growing up in Austin, Texas, during WWII - loosely based on the author's own experiences. This book reinforces my suspicion that sometimes it's better that parents don't know *all* the details of what their children are up to - or the parents would never let their kids out of the house again! :o

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY
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.....This book reinforces my suspicion that sometimes it's better that parents don't know *all* the details of what their children are up to - or the parents would never let their kids out of the house again! :o


Amen to that!
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Christmas in Plains by Jimmy Carter http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8424168/
Lovely book of Christmas-time recollections by the former president. He's so religious now, I had no idea that his childhood wasn't that much.
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A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14329608

I enjoyed this. It looks like much of Stratton-Porter's work is available for free online; I may look up one of her other books (probably Freckles) for my 2017 Indiana book. :)

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: DC | IL | NV | OK | SD | WI
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I loved these books as a kid, and have Girl of the Limberlost downloaded on my Kindle. I used to live in Angola, IN. This is very close to LaGrange, IN where the Limberlost is located and the stories about it. However, most of that has disappeared now. I think they have something there for Gene Stratton Porter, but not much.
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Never heard of the author or location - glad you found it
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Drained by E.H. Reinhard
Free e-book

Former Florida homicide sergeant Hank Rawlings has just joined the FBI, and his first case is a serial killer in Chicago who drains the blood of his victims. (No, he isn't a vampire - this is a "mundane" mystery, meaning no paranormal, fantasy, or sf elements to the story.)

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: DC | NV | OK | SD | WI
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#43 Kentucky

Slow dancing on dinosaur bones, by Lana Witt

A bittersweet tale of life in Eastern Kentucky - a complex web of relationships, jealousies and grudges, focused around a psychotic ex lover and set against the nefarious activities of the Conroy Coal Company. Another good pick for the States challenge - it gave a flavour of life in rural Kentucky.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14317415

The book talked about strip mining - I'd never heard of it, and thought it must be like the open cast mining we have here in Scotland. It looks much worse - really surprised this is legal. https://en.wikipedia.org/---/Mountaintop_removal_mining
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The book talked about strip mining - I'd never heard of it, and thought it must be like the open cast mining we have here in Scotland. It looks much worse - really surprised this is legal. https://en.wikipedia.org/---/Mountaintop_removal_mining


I'm from the east coast of the US, where coal mining has been around for what seems like forever. I forget that other places may not have that - and surprised that Scotland does.
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Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14324551

Monster Hunter International heads to Las Vegas for the first-ever Ick-mip (International Conference of Monster Hunting Professionals)...and runs afoul of a super-secret government agency, Special Task Force Unicorn (STFU). I managed to skip books 2 & 3 of the series, but somehow I'm not surprised that Owen and the gang end up fighting powerful monsters with the fate of the world at stake, again. :p

Honestly, I'm not sure I'd get along with these folks in real life, but their crazy adventures make for good reading...and Painted Toenails (oh, wait, it's really Paranormal Tactical) is fun to despise. I find Agent Franks and Edward the orc particularly interesting...and I'm curious about what happens next with Owen's brother, Mosh.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: DC | OK | SD | WI
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#14: West Virginia: Carlene Thomsson - Schwarz zur Erinnerung
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12643762
a scary book - 25 years back Hayley was kidnapped. But now a doll of Hayley and black flowers with a sign - "black to remeber" appeared, me, who knowed Hayley were killed...


#15: Washington: Sheila Roberts - Der Weihnachtsstreick - On Strike for Christmas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10366868
A very nice Christmasbook - some wives sayed, they will do nothing for Christmas Celebration, because their men do not honor their work every year - husbands have to do everything. So men made the Christmas preperations in their own way, and the wives got to know the feelings of their hunsbands - everybody had to learn, but everybody was glad when the strike was over at Christmas.

2016: states already finished:
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#15: Washington: Sheila Roberts - Der Weihnachtsstreick - On Strike for Christmas




I have that one. Likely will be unread this Christmas season, but maybe I'll sneak it in for
Washington in 2017
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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
e-book

When her family moves from Chicago to the town of Bixby, Oklahoma, Jessica has to adjust to being the new girl in high school. Then she wakes up in the middle of the night to find that time seems to have stopped. In the morning, she tries to convince herself that it was a strange dream, but the next day at school, a small group of her fellow students tells her the truth: every day actually has 25 hours, but only those born at midnight experience that extra hour. Each of the Midnighters has a special ability, and they all wonder what Jessica talent will turn out to be.

One bit I particularly liked: in the story, the number 13 is very important, and words with 13 letters have power. One of the Midnighters has thought up a special name for a word with 13 letters - tridecalogism - which, naturally, has 13 letters in it. It's fun to come up with lists of tridecalogisms, and apparently some fans of the series have been collecting lists. :)

Book 1 of a trilogy. Often the first book of a trilogy ends fairly cleanly: it's the _second_ book that ends with the hobbits scattered and lost all over Middle-Earth. In this case, Westerfeld obviously intended to make this into a series from the beginning, and the ending seems rather abrupt.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: DC | SD | WI
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One bit I particularly liked: in the story, the number 13 is very important, and words with 13 letters have power. One of the Midnighters has thought up a special name for a word with 13 letters - tridecalogism - which, naturally, has 13 letters in it. It's fun to come up with lists of tridecalogisms, and apparently some fans of the series have been collecting lists. :)



I like that word. I wonder if it will end up in a dictionary some day?
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Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
MP3 CD audiobook read by Eric G. Dove
Not registered yet

Based on the true story that inspired the movie The Revenant: frontiersman Hugh Glass traveled through Indian territory hunting and trapping until he was mauled by a bear and left for dead. Badly injured, he crawled over two hundred miles to the nearest American settlement, driven in large part by his desire for revenge on the men who left him behind.

It's quite a story, but not one for the faint of stomach (the bear attack is quite graphic, as is the butchering after the buffalo hunt) or those overly concerned with political correctness (the story is set in the 1820s and the book was written in the 1950s - for instance, the "N" word makes a few appearances.) I wasn't terribly fond of the author's writing style, or of the reader's interpretation: for one thing, "a cold nose" woke Hugh too many times.

Also, I think the conversion from regular CDs to MP3 CDs was botched: things make a lot more sense if I presume that two discs were switched.

Still, that's South Dakota done...

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: DC | WI
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(well, ok, it's not a state yet, but they'd like to be)

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
library book

Ollie is an assistant chef at the White House and hopes to be promoted to the top spot when her boss retires. But that's before she stops a White House intruder and crosses paths with an international assassin.

I think Ollie must be related to Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy the caterer: they share a love for food and cooking, a talent for finding sticky situations and getting in over their heads, and a fondness for men in law enforcement.

2016 states read so far:
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DC • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WY

What's left: WI
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But I'm going to start again in January - enjoying this challenge!
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But I'm going to start again in January - enjoying this challenge!


We'll be glad to see you continuing on your US journey!
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Caddie Woodlawn's Family by Carol Ryrie Brink
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335185

Originally titled Magical Melons (the first story in the book), this follows Caddie and her family from 1863 to 1866, overlapping the book "Caddie Woodlawn". According to the note at the beginning of the book, all of the stories but one come from the author's grandmother's life.

2016 states read: 50 + DC
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DC • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WI • WY

Thanks for the challenge: this always keeps me on my toes. :)
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Caddie Woodlawn's Family by Carol Ryrie Brink
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335185

Originally titled Magical Melons (the first story in the book), this follows Caddie and her family from 1863 to 1866, overlapping the book "Caddie Woodlawn". According to the note at the beginning of the book, all of the stories but one come from the author's grandmother's life.

2016 states read: 50 + DC
AL • AK • AR • AZ • CA • CO • CT • DC • DE • FL • GA • HI • ID • IL • IN • IA • KS • KY • LA • ME • MD • MA • MI • MN • MS • MO • MT • NE • NV • NH • NJ • NM • NY • NC • ND • OH • OK • OR • PA • RI • SC • SD • TN • TX • UT • VT • VA • WA • WV • WI • WY

Thanks for the challenge: this always keeps me on my toes. :)


I guess when Caddie Woodlawn took off, marketing decided to change the title.
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